Rum sauce poured over Christmas pudding can bring even the most lacklustre of store bought puddings to life.
The sauce also works on apple pie, pumpkin pie, or anything that requires a thick, pourable custard to add a little moisture and flavour dimension.
I serve rum sauce alongside my sticky toffee pudding, a peach upside down cake, and even on my bread pudding when I don’t want the Amaretto infused cream.
- 75 g butter
- 45 g rum dark or golden
- 550 ml whole milk creamier organic variety if possible
- 50 g fine caster sugar AKA baker's sugar
- 30 ml heavy whipping cream AKA "double cream" in the UK
- 60 g all-purpose flour
- Place a saucepan over a medium heat
- Place the butter in the saucepan
- Pour in the milk
- Sift in the flour
- Whisk vigourously
- Until the butter has completely melted, the milk is simmering, and the sauce just begins to thicken
- Turn the flame down as low as it will go
- Move the saucepan to a cool burner temporarily
- Whisk in the sugar until fully combined
- Move the saucepan back to the heat
- And let the sauce gently cook for about 10 minutes
- Add the rum to the saucepan
- Add the remaining butter to the sauce
- Temper the cream in to the sauce
- Put the cream in a small measuring cup or other small vessel
- Add a teaspoon of the sauce to the cream
- Whisk the cream and the small amount of sauce together
- Repeat the last two steps until the cream is no longer cold
- Pour the cream and sauce mixture back in to the main sauce
- Whisk to combine everything
- Pour the hot sauce in to a heat safe jug
- Cover the surface of the sauce with clingfilm to prevent a skin from forming
- Cover the jug with a second layer of clingfilm
The sauce can be used immediately, or just kept warm until you need it later in the meal.
The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days when stored in an airtight container. Place clingfilm directly on the surface of the sauce to prevent a crusty, cracked skin from forming.
When you need the sauce from the refrigerator, gently warm it in a saucepan over the lowest heat.